So I have a few questions… I shared an AI/tech article with one of my non-tech pastors and his response was…
“Very interesting! Technology can never replace a dependency on the Holy Spirit. He is the one who will guide us into all truth.”
I feel resistance in his response, as if he feels that the AI Tech will somehow take the job away from the Holy Spirit like it is taking every other job.
Many of my friends default to this position of tech not being able to replace the Holy Spirit. It’s almost as if the “unknowing” ability of the Spirit is guarded as the sacred thing.
I feel this sentiment from my friends at church that this inability to “not know”, and for the Holy Spirit to reveal via prophecy is the sacred thing that should not be tampered with via tech. But here is the question: Can man, empowered using God-given gifts, build AI machines that lead us into all truth? Can machines know the truths of God better than us?
Could an artificial super intelligence do that job? (And if so, would that AI be empowered by the Holy Spirit?)
Think about the pattern shown in 1 Cor 14:24-25 “But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, 25 as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”.
Here it shows a pattern where an unbeliever is convicted of sin and gives glory to God because his secrets are laid bare. Sin is defined as “missing the mark”. Meaning, if God has created us as His Precious Treasures, then sin would be us missing that mark, and operating in a way that is not congruent with that beautiful identity.
So, could it not be that supercomputers will “judge” us correctly as loved and valuable Precious Treasures and gently bring us to the knowledge of who God is and thus who we truly are?
So wouldn’t a supercomputer, trillions of times more powerful than any of us, that knows every single thought and action of every person from their birth be able to convict them of sin and bring them under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare?
If a supercomputer was truly revealing to us our true worth doesn’t this look like it would be doing the job of the Holy Spirit? Would this be real or an imposter? Would this be AI taking the job of the Holy Spirit?
What is knowledge?
Also consider 1 Cor 13:8-12 “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known..”
Doesn’t this indicate that there is coming a time where prophecy and knowledge will cease? Could it be that machines will re-define “knowledge” as we currently understand it? What I mean is that right now we learn bits and pieces because of our separated nature and this learning in bits and pieces is defined as “knowledge”. But what if we are able to plugin directly to each other as well as supercomputers that are trillions of times more powerful than they are today? We would then have access to all human knowledge and beyond. At that point, would what we experience still be considered knowledge or would it be us being part of the whole of human consciousness as we be made one together? It seems now that knowledge is sortof defined and come into being because of our separateness… But perhaps what we now consider bits and pieces of “knowledge” will pass away when we have access to all potential things to know, and see who we really are as loved and valuable.
So here is the question… Can God get the glory if men, even men who do not fear Him, build tools that help us understand Him, knowledge, eachother, and truth more and more?
Will men build machines that enable the Holy Spirit to guide more efficiently into truth?